The parks and trails are still open!

20 Apr

friendsAt least for now.

Social distancing has been working to reduce the spread of COVID-19, so as long as we continue to do that, we’ll still be able to get some much-needed outdoors time by visiting our parks.

So on that theme, I want to share a few of the many informational tidbits included in my most recent Friends of Webster Trails newsletter. These are the folks, you may know, who work so tirelessly to create and maintain the incredible trail system we have in Webster.

Welcome to the organization’s new president, Anna Taylor. Anna writes that she grew up in Webster, is an architect by trade, an avid trail runner, and a long-time Friends volunteer. Before becoming president, she was the group’s social media guru, helping keep the Facebook and Instagram pages updated, and helped coordinate volunteers for trail work days. She met her husband on a date in 2007 at Whiting Road Nature Preserve.

Anna has a lot of great plans for continuing to build FWT membership and promoting


Entrance to the new Hickory Bark Trail 

stewardship projects.

Elsewhere in the newsletter, Sharon Galbraith reminds everyone about Webster’s newest open space and trail at Hickory Bark Woods, which is located across the parking lot from the Webster Public Library on Van Ingen Dr. This is a beautiful short, peaceful trail, along a long boardwalk ending in a spacious deck.

I also read in the newsletter that Mark Yeager, Webster’s Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, will be retiring soon. In his 19-year tenure, Mark oversaw the creation of the new Parks and recreation building on Chiyoda Drive, the First Responders playground and water spray park, and helped spearhead the installation of Challenger Miracle Field.

I enjoyed working with Mark when I needed information and quotes for both this blog and my East Extra column. I will miss him and wish him the best of luck.

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As long as we’re talking about parks, I’d to remind anyone who has ever visited one of our village parks that the Village of Webster Parks Committee would like your opinion.

They’ve developed a short survey to get a better handle on who uses our parks, how they’re used, and how they might be improved.

The survey is the first of several initiatives the committee will be implementing in the coming months to bring more awareness to our village parks which will include a “discover your parks” scavenger hunt this spring.

The survey will be available for a while, but please consider taking a few minutes to fill it out right now. Just click here: Village of Webster Parks Survey.

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2 Responses to “The parks and trails are still open!”

  1. Beth Brasser April 20, 2020 at 8:19 am #

    Thanks for ALL your posts. Though I’m not near Webster at the moment, I love being caught up on its news. You are “proof of life”. Keep up your excellent work! ❤️

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